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or probably certainly somewhere in government because he had asked himself as a student, yet actually written, what now honorable w. h. rehnquist with ap question mark. >> host: as a law school student. >> guest: as an early losses jude and -- law school student. really said that he had this feeling of almost deafening to be on the court when he was very young. but there was this confluence of events where jackson plays a role that allowed him to do that. he had a professor who had taken an interest in him and so the professor was friends with robert h. jackson and jackson was going to be coming out to stanford. you have to remember it was hard to get out there from washington in those days. >> host: we were in the early 50's. >> guest: it was hard to get out there and rare for someone from stanford. rehnquist was whip smart but it was hard for someone he wasn't in the ivy league to be a clerk on the court. it was very much an honor and it was hard. actually the justices in those days, jackson had been working with one clerk so maybe nine people or 10 or 11 people year are getting these clerk
actually on the court probably or certainly somewhere in government because he had asked himself as a student, he had actually written what now, honorable w.h. rehnquist with a big question mark. >> host: as a law school student. >> guest: as a law school student. as an early law school student. what now, honorable w.h. rehnquist. so that really fascinated me because it really said that he had this feeling of, um, almost a destiny to be on the court when he was very, very young. but there was this confluence of events where jackson plays a role that allowed him to do that. he had a professor who had taken an interest in him, and so the professor was friends with robert h. jackson. and jackson was going to be coming out to stanford. you have to remember, it was hard to get out there from washington. >> host: that's right. we're in the early '50s. >> guest: early '50s. it was hard to get out there. it was rare for someone from stanford -- stanford had a very good law school, and rehnquist was just whip smart, but it was hard for someone who wasn't in the ivy league to be a clerk on
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